Drogheda United president Vincent Hoey has revealed that plans have been prepared by the Louth club for a new stadium, which meets requirements laid down by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Uefa.
Speaking to local radio, Hoey indicated his belief that the club needed to be ready for a prospective 'All-Ireland' league and said that in such an event, a new stadium would be 'vital' for the League of Ireland Cup winners.
"First of all, I want to say the need for a stadium is vital," Hoey told LMFM. "The way I see things is that an All-Ireland league will come, now that might not be in the too distant future and Drogheda has to be ready so we can take our part in that and we will have to have a reasonably good stadium to do it."
Hoey confirmed that the pitch is set to have an artificial playing surface, similar to that which their Louth rivals Dundalk FC have in place at Oriel Park.
"Now the present state of play is that the plans for the stadium are prepared," he said. "Two years work has gone into this and these plans have been prepared and they fully comply with FAI and Uefa requirements. The stadium will have an artificial playing area which will be state of the art and of the very best quality."
"The site has been identified, I’m not at liberty to confirm where it is yet. Negotiations are at an advanced stage, we just have to tie up certain legal requirements," concluded the Drogheda chief.